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  • Blog Post: New Hampshire .NET UG Returns on May 15th!

    As I mentioned in an earlier post , Pat Tormey has been hard at work revitalizing the New Hampshire .NET User Group. I'm happy to pass along word that the group has great new meeting location at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH and will be having it's first meeting on May 15th! The meeting will feature...
  • Blog Post: New England SQL Server User Group Special Event - 5/8

    Adam Machanic sends word that the New England SQL Server User Group is hosting a special event on May 8th at 6:30 in Waltham. Microsoft's Craig Freedman , on the SQL Server team in Redmond, will be visiting to speak on "Understanding Query Processing and Query Plans in SQL Server" : Have you ever wondered...
  • Blog Post: Boston XNA Developers Group Update

    The Boston XNA Developers Group is dedicated to learning and using XNA to create games for Windows and Xbox 360 (and later on, the Zune!) No game development experience is required! Next Meeting Our next meeting will be on April 24th, 6-8 PM at the Microsoft offices in Waltham . Note that this is a Thursday...
  • Blog Post: Special Boston Scalability User Group Event - 4/23

    On April 23rd, the (recently-formed!) Boston Scalability User Group will serve as host for a special visit by Microsoft's Greg Leake to speak about the .NET StockTrader application and scalability in distributed SOA systems. The meeting will be on Wednesday, April 23rd, from 6-8 PM at the Microsoft offices...
  • Blog Post: Speaking: RI on 4/1, Syracuse on 4/2, Code Camp on 4/5

    A quick note to post my speaking schedule for this week: Tonight (4/1) , I'll be at the Rhode Island .NET User Group in Bristol, RI, speaking with them about the web developer story with Visual Studio 2008. Tomorrow (4/2) , I'll be with the Central NY .NET User Group in East Syracuse, NY, speaking about...
  • Blog Post: The New Hampshire .NET User Group is Back!

    Pat Tormey , who runs the New Hampshire .NET User Group , just sent word that the group has a new site and new plans: We're Re-Grouping New Hamphire DotNet User Group at our new site and we could use some advice from you. Could you drop in at http://www.nhdn.com and tell us where you'd like to meet,...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Northeast Developer Events - Spring 2008

    Here's the next batch of upcoming events of interest to developers and architects in the northeast. It's definitely taking longer to put these together - an indication that our northeast developer community is growing well! Great stuff, everyone! Know of any other events or user group meetings? Please...
  • Blog Post: Learn XNA at the Next Boston XNA Developers Group Meeting

    On March 26th at the next Boston XNA Developers Group meeting, we're starting the process of learning XNA . (The first meeting was a non-technical overview of the world of XNA.) Join Michael Cummings and me as we walk through creating a basic 2D game with XNA from scratch, zilch, zero. No game development...
  • Blog Post: Boston XNA Meeting Resources

    Thanks to everyone who came to the first meeting of the Boston XNA Developers Group ! It was a casual evening to talk games and down Pop Rocks. We introduced the concepts behind XNA and Game Studio, took in some of the news from GDC, and had a look at some of the games that you can create with XNA. Michael...
  • Blog Post: Boston XNA Developers Group Meeting Wednesday 2/27

    A reminder that the first meeting of the shiny new Boston XNA Developers Group ( http://bostonxna.org ) will be this Wednesday, February 27th, from 6-8 PM at the Microsoft offices at 201 Jones Road (6th Floor) in Waltham, MA. The group is open to everyone and no background in game development is required...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Boston XNA Developers Group

    Like games? Interested in creating your own using C#? I'm excited to announce that we have a new user group in the Boston area, focused on game development with the XNA Framework ! Join the Boston XNA Developers Group 's inaugural meeting on February 27th at 6:00 at the Microsoft offices (201 Jones Road...
  • Blog Post: Mutli-Group Meeting - Thank You, David Chappell!

    I wanted to extend my gratitude to David Chappell for visiting our special multi-user group event last night in Waltham. It was an inspiring, informative, and interactive talk, bringing context and an understanding of the importance of world of Software + Services. David shared his insights, formed through...
  • Blog Post: Volunteers Needed for Connecticut .NET UG

    SB Chatterjee of the Connecticut .NET User Group just sent the following across the wire: CTDOTNET is expanding - more events & more attendees need more organization. Volunteer! We need: Treasurer - Keep track of donations & sponsorship payments & costs) Event Management - New speakers, Sponsorships...
  • Blog Post: New User Group in Maine!

    I'm happy to say that Maine will be getting a brand new user group in Bangor! The well-named BAND (Bangor Area .Net Developers) will meet (for "gigs") monthly to talk about current developer topics with a focus on current technology that's ready for practical use. Check out their website at http://www...
  • Blog Post: Special Multi User Group Event with David Chappell

    I'm excited to announce that we've organized a special evening event for developers and architects featuring David Chappell . David (bio below) is an industry veteran, well-respected for his ability to consistently convey technical content and insights in an engaging manner. He'll be speaking on "Understanding...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Northeast Developer Events - January/February

    It's time to welcome in the new year by pulling together a summary of the events and meetings for .NET developers coming up in the northeast. Know of any other events or user group meetings? Please let me know ! Connecticut January 9, 6:30 - 9 PM Fairfield/Westchester SQL Server UG - UConn, Stamford...
  • Blog Post: Speaking on VS2008 with Western MA .NET - 1/8/08

    For those of you in the Springfield, MA area tonight (Jan 8th), I'll be visiting with the Western Mass .NET Users Group to speak on "What's New in Visual Studio 2008?" . Now that Visual Studio 2008 is released and available, it's important to understand the new available features and adoption strategies...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to SB Chatterjee!

    Some great news to welcome in the new year! Long-time community leader SB Chatterjee has just been awarded Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for Groove ! For years, SB has been doing great work both in Connecticut with the CT .NET User Group and online with his support of Office Groove via discussion...
  • Blog Post: Waltham InstallFest Registration Open

    The gates are open for you to register for the December 12th combined Boston .NET User Group holiday social and Visual Studio 2008 InstallFest in Waltham, MA! Just head over to the Boston .NET User Group site for more information! -Chris Technorati tags: Events , User Groups , Massachusetts , Visual...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 InstallFests in the Northeast!

    Visual Studio 2008 has now been released to manufacturing, and as a "thank you" to the community, we're collaborating with area user groups to host a series of Visual Studio InstallFests. I'm happy to announce that we'll have four InstallFests in the Northeast over the coming two weeks! 12/4 - Rochester...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Northeast Developer Events (October/November Edition)

    Plenty of events and meetings for .NET developers are coming up soon in the northeast. User groups are back in full swing, southern Connecticut will have its first Code Camp, Russ Fustino 's Toolshed is sweeping across the area, and much more. Know of other events or user group meetings? Please let me...
  • Blog Post: Double Feature at Boston .NET User Group Tonight

    I wanted to pass along late word that tonight's (10/10) Boston .NET User Group meeting will be packed with speakers. First they have the group's own Tony Pino (currently attending Harvard) to speak on interesting research he's doing on "The Social Web and Digital Natives". After Tony, the group will...
  • Blog Post: Speaking on Enterprise Library at Beantown .NET UG on 10/4

    I'll be in Boston tomorrow night (10/4), giving a talk about the Patterns & Practices group and Enterprise Library for the Beantown .NET User Group. If you're in the Boston area and are interested in learning about how Enterprise Library can help with your development efforts, drop by for a listen...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Northeast Developer Events (September Edition)

    Summer is at its end, so I'm resuming my periodic roundup of upcoming user group meetings and other events for developers in the northeast. Know of other events or user group meetings? Please let me know ! Connecticut September 4, 6-9 PM Fairfield/Westchester .NET User Group - UConn, Stamford, CT "Building...
  • Blog Post: Speaking on WF at NE VB Professionals User Group Tonight (8/2)

    Just a reminder that I'll be speaking with the New England Visual Basic Professionals User Group in Waltham tonight (8/2) from 6:15 to 8:30. By request, I'll run through the basics of Workflow Foundation, then we'll devote the remainder of the meeting to more intermediate topics such as persistence and...
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